Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives today on six day visit

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The Israeli PM will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation from various sectors including cyber, agriculture and defence.

Before embarking on the flight, Netanyahu had said: "We are strengthening the relationship between Israel and this important world power".

In July previous year, Modi visited Israel as the first Indian Prime Minister since the establishment of bilateral ties in 1992.

Over the course of the visit, Israel and India will sign a series of bilateral agreements.

Netanyahu's first official meeting will be with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Netanyahu's visit comes days after India voted against Israel at the United Nations on the Jerusalem issue.

Immediately after arrival, both the PMs left for attending the renaming ceremony of Teen Murti Haifa marg in commemoration of Indian army's contribution in Haifa's freedom in 1918, much before the establishment of Israel as a country.

The build up to Netanyahu's visit was soured this month when India called off a deal to buy 8,000 anti-tank guided missiles from Israel's state-owned defence contractor Rafael.


Modi's meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem in July past year saw India and Israel upgrading bilateral relations to a strategic partnership with special focus on agriculture and water.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting a private dinner for Netanyahu Sunday evening.

Several MoUs, including in the field of oil and gas, renewable energy, amended protocol for airports, cyber security, and co-production of films and documentaries, will be signed between the two sides.

Israel will be investing Dollars 68.6 million to boost cooperation with India in areas like tourism, technology, agriculture and innovation over a period of four years, a senior official here said ahead of Netanyahu's visit.

The Israeli PM would be formally welcomed Monday morning at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

The Israeli leader, accompanied by dozens of Israeli businessmen, will visit the Centre of Excellence in Agriculture at Vadrad in Gujarat and interact with business leaders in Mumbai. A meeting with President Kovind is also scheduled for tomorrow.

After their initial greeting, the two leaders held their joined hands aloft as they posed for the cameras.

Apart from New Delhi, Netanyahu will visit Agra, Ahmedabad and Mumbai during his first visit to India.

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